Sony has not been fairing well lately. Not only was the PlayStation Network attacked, Japan has been trying to recover from the devastating earthquake and tsunami. As you may know, the PSN has not been brought back online yet. Earlier we reported that it was to be live again this week, now it's looking more like next week.
Howard Stringer, Sony CEO, posted a letter on the Playstation Blog addressing the PSN hack and apologizing for the PlayStation Network still being down.
“As a company we — and I — apologize for the inconvenience and concern caused by this attack. Under the leadership of Kazuo Hirai, we have teams working around the clock and around the world to restore your access to those services as quickly, and as safely, as possible.”
“I know some believe we should have notified our customers earlier than we did. It’s a fair question. As soon as we discovered the potential scope of the intrusion, we shut down the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services and hired some of the best technical experts in the field to determine what happened. I wish we could have gotten the answers we needed sooner, but forensic analysis is a complex, time-consuming process.”
He went on to say that discuss what actions the company has taken.
“As a result of what we discovered we notified you of the breach. Our investigation is ongoing, and we are upgrading our security so that if attacks like this happen again, our defenses will be even stronger. In the last few months, Sony has faced a terrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan. But now we are facing a very man-made event – a criminal attack on us — and on you — and we are working with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies around the world to apprehend those responsible.”
Stringer also revealed that final testing of the new network is going on now and that they hope to have the PSN back up in the next week.
Sony made similar statements last week, but they have not come to fruition. Rumors have been circulating the web about the possibility of another attack ever since Sony announced the network was being tested. This time the threat is in retaliation for how Sony has handled the PSN security breach.
Apparently there has been chatter of an attack on the Internet Relay Chat channel which hackers used prior to the last attack. It's been said that the hackers plan make any information they gain public. This could mean that the hackers may release the names, addresses and credit card details of PSN users. No confirmation has been made on this rumor, so let's hope that it does not happen.
To me this type of hack by "Anonymous" is like kicking someone while they are down. I feel sorry for Sony and respect all of the actions that they are taking to get the PSN back online better and safer than ever. What are your thoughts on this news and rumor?